Sweden's king celebrates 40 years on the throne

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Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia arrive for the Swedish Government's dinner in connection with The King's 40th jubilee held at Nordiska Museet in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Fredrik Sandberg, Scanpix) SWEDEN OUT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is celebrating 40 years on the throne by throwing a dance party in the Stockholm Palace courtyard.

The royal palace celebrated the king's 40th anniversary Sunday by holding a service in the palace church, attended by the heads of state from neighboring Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. On Saturday, there was a dinner and a jubilee concert.

Later Sunday the mayor of Stockholm, Sten Nordin, will toast the king, and there will be a party for the public, featuring dance rhythms such as salsa, waltz, lindy hop and foxtrot.

In a Swedish radio interview, the 67-year-old monarch indicated he will stay on the throne for as long as he remains healthy and said his job is now "more exciting than ever."